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Mozambique floods: Australian Government must step up its response

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Community Aid Abroad Oxfam Australia is calling for the Australian Government to increase its response to the Mozambique flood disaster.
Community Aid Abroad's Executive Director, Jeremy Hobbs, said: "The situation in Mozambique is now critical. The Mozambique Government has appealed for foreign aid and the international community must respond. Australia has given just $250, 000. This is not enough given that hundreds of thousands are suffering."

"The Australian government's initial response was minimal," Mr Hobbs said. "Since then, a series of floods, heavy storms and a cyclone have caused widespread destruction and left thousands homeless and stranded. To date, the government has said nothing about increasing its aid to the victims. The Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA), on behalf of Community Aid Abroad and other aid organisations, has written to the Foreign Minister urging more funding to meet the worsening situation."

"The United Nations are predicting another wave of water from Zimbabwe and South Africa will hit Mozambique tomorrow. The most immediate fear is the spread of deadly water-borne diseases. Cases of malaria are at three times their normal level, and cholera deaths have already been reported. The Australian and international communities must respond immediately," Mr Hobbs said.

Community Aid Abroad-Oxfam now has several aid workers in Mozambique. The organisation responded immediately to the disaster by supplying emergency relief including blankets, buckets, cooking utensils and temporary shelter, to people displaced by the flooding. Community Aid Abroad-Oxfam is now prioritising clean, safe water to stop the spread of disease including setting up water storage, chlorination and distribution along the Limpopo River in Gaza province. Ends.

Australians can donate to Community Aid Abroad- Oxfam's Mozambique flood Appeal by calling 1800 088 110

To speak with Jeremy Hobbs, Community Aid Abroad's Executive Director, please call his mobile, 0408 992 827. For more information please call Caroline Green at Community Aid Abroad on +61 (0)3 9289 9413 or +61 (0)409 181 454.

Liz Mann, Community Aid Abroad-Oxfam Australia's Mozambique Country Representative is available for interview in the Maputo office on +258 1 303 094, or after hours on +258 1 309 382. Mozambique is at Australian East Standard Time, less nine hours.